Last sup­per for Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion in Cork?

‘Big­ger and bet­ter’ chil­dren’s book fes­ti­val com­ing to Kerry

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

THIS year’s Chil­dren’s Book Fes­ti­val prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with all li­braries in Kerry set to come to­gether to help cel­e­brate chil­drens books and to en­cour­age all fam­i­lies to make time to read.

The fes­ti­val is set to run from Mon­day Oc­to­ber 23 to Satur­day Novem­ber 4 with each one of the nine branch li­braries in the county set host events, with the theme for this years fes­ti­val set to be ‘PAWS to read’.

“Chil­dren have oo­dles of home­work and many af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties. They also have lots of dis­trac­tion from mo­bile phones, iPads and TVs. This year we are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to pause and make time to bring chil­dren to the li­brary,” said fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers.

“With ev­ery­thing from au­thor vis­its, sto­ry­telling, live his­tory shows, to learn­ing how to look af­ter your dog, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one,” they con­tin­ued.

Vis­it­ing au­thors to events around the county are set to in­clude Michael Smith, Judi Curtin, Deb­bie Thomas and Va­lerie Shee­han and there will also be cre­ative writ­ing work­shops while Alan Nolan will teach you how to draw car­toons for your own comic book!

Au­thor Roisin Meaney is com­ing too and she’s bring­ing a few friends with her in­clud­ing ele­phants and bad ba­bies, lit­tle wolves who don’t like the taste of gran­nies, baby bum­ble bees, cat and owls, and lots more.

Dawn from Dogs Trust is vis­it­ing with her dog Odie to teach us how to be “dog smart” while Mike Moy­lan is bring­ing his in­ter­ac­tive Live His­tory Show where chil­dren will learn about Mid­dle Age Vik­ings and Nor­mans.

To book con­tact your lo­cal li­brary or visit www.ker­ryli­ Places are lim­ited. OR­GAN­IS­ING mem­bers of the Kerry As­so­ci­a­tion of Cork fear their 56th an­nual din­ner dance next month will be their last as the com­mit­tee strug­gles to keep the show on the road with­out younger mem­bers.

Chair­man Michael Di­neen launched an ur­gent ap­peal for fresh blood this week in a bid to en­sure the As­so­ci­a­tion’s con­tin­ued work on be­half of Kerry peo­ple liv­ing in Cork county and city.

“We are beg­ging all fam­i­lies to en­cour­age their youth liv­ing in Cork to try and keep the As­so­ci­a­tion from dy­ing. We are will­ing to as­sist or ad­vise in any way you wish to run it now but please do come on board as soon as pos­si­ble,” Michael urged.

Con­tact Michael at mickan­dannedi­neen@ hot­ if you’re in­ter­ested in help­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion.

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